Diesel Mechanic

Inspect, repair, and maintain diesel engines.

What does a Diesel Mechanic do?

Diesel mechanics work in automotive dealerships, private garages, and repair shops, and are responsible for inspecting, repairing, and maintaining diesel engines. These engines are normally found in large vehicles, such as boats, large trucks, buses, bulldozers, dump trucks, cranes, and some light-duty trucks and cars.

Primary skills for this position include a core understanding of electrical components, including computer systems and software programs. Analytical and troubleshooting abilities are needed to diagnose diesel engine malfunctions to identify the cause of the malfunctions. Strong interpersonal skills are necessary for this position, as well as leadership skills for long-term career success. Other related skills include dexterity and attention to detail.

Most skills necessary for this position can be learned on site in apprenticeship programs or at a diesel mechanic college.